Who is hot in the minors?

Here is a list of the best performing players in the Twins' minor league system year to date. A reminder that several players are still in extended spring training since the Elizabethton (Appalachian League) and the Gulf Coast League rookie teams have not started their seasons yet.


Luke Hughes (RHB, 24, AAA) .286/.383/.520, 5 HR, 20 RBI, 115 PA
Brian Dinkelman (LHB, 25, AA) .337/.412/.449, 1 HR, 17 RBI, 104 PA
Danny Valencia (RHB, 24, AA) .275/.389/.500 3 HR, 9 RBI, 95 PA
Ramon Santana (RHB, 34, A) .393/.493/.643 3 HR, 10 RBI, 68 PA


Brandon Roberts (LHB, 24, AA) .380/.436/.560 1 HR, 12 RBI, 56 PA
Joe Benson (RHB, 21, A+) .284/.410/.442 3 HR, 14 RBI, 117 PA
Ozzie Lewis (RHB, 23, A) .318/.416/.485 1 HR, 6 RBI, 77 PA

1st basemen/DH:

Justin Huber (RHB, 26, AAA) .267/.353/.489 2 HR, 7 RBI, 51 PA
Erik Lis (LHB, 25, AA) .342/.425/.421, 1 HR, 10 RBI, 87 PA
Rene Leveret (RHB, 23, A+) .368/.482/.500 1 HR, 10 RBI, 83 PA

RH Starters:

Anthoney Swarzak (23, AAA) 2.03 ERA, 0.935 WHIP, 6.68 K/9, 3.83 K/BB
Carlos Gutierrez (22, A+) 1.50 ERA, 0.733 WHIP, 5.70 K/9, 3.17 K/BB
Mike McCardell (22, A+) 5.06 ERA, 1.156 WHIP, 7.88 K/9, 5.60 K/BB
Brad Tippett (21, A) 2.77 ERA, 0.923 WHIP, 6.92 K/9, 5.00 K/BB

RH Relievers:

Rob Delaney (24, AA) 3.00 ERA, 1.190 WHIP, 10.29 K/9, 8.00 K/BB
Steve Hirschfield (23, A+) 0.56 ERA, 0.688 WHIP, 5.06 K/9, 1.80 K/BB
Blair Erickson (24, A+) 2.25 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 14.63 K/9, 3.25 K/BB

LH Relievers:

Sean Henn (28, AAA) 1.35 ERA, 1.250 WHIP, 10.80 K/9, 2.40 K/BB
Spencer Steedley (24, A+) 1.29 ERA, 1.071 WHIP, 9.00 K/9, 4.67 K/BB
Joe Testa (23, A) 1.86 ERA, 0.931 WHIP, 12.10 K/9, 2.36 K/BB


Marv said...

Sure would like to see what Hughes might do in Buscher's place, as Buscher is hitting .200 for the Twins this year. I notice that Hughes is playing almost all his games at 3B now.
Was hoping for more from Mulvey, Macri & Machado, but they aren't lighting it up.
We'll see if Casilla can continue to hit over .400 in Rochester.
After Hughes & Swarzak (and maybe Casilla & Morillo) I don't see a lot of promise so far this year in AAA. Maybe I'm being unkind to Henn & Humber, but it would make me nervous to see them enter a game.

thrylos98 said...


I'd love to see what Hughes can do as a RHB off the bench instead of Buscher for the Twins.

Mulvey has been ok. Nothing remarkable. His problem is that he walks too many batters. Macri and Machado are old and tired. Machado is on the DL right now with a leg thing.

A lot of people think that Sean Henn might be the answer for some of the questions as a LOOGY in the bigs. He has a decent fastball but is wild. I don't know if you remember the post I did a while ago about Rantz signing all those minor league free agents, but that is pretty much the root cause of the Twins not having ready players in AAA

As far as Casilla goes, now that Tolbert's production in the bigs approaches his, I think that he will be back up sooner than later.

Huber is a good batter and he can also help. He is a power righty OF/1B whom I'd love to see on the bench with the Twins...